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"Playing with Strings"

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I don’t know what call this.

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THE LIFE OF A DAYDREAMER

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Hello World

Posted by Stacey Grahame on February 23, 2017 at 2:26am 1 Comment

Some of my MD history

Posted by Meghan Sheath on February 19, 2017 at 8:14am 0 Comments

A survivor. A fighter. A conqueror.

Posted by Sarah on February 12, 2017 at 10:23am 3 Comments

Tale of a Blinded Architect

Posted by Source on February 12, 2017 at 2:32am 0 Comments

I dont know what im doing...

Posted by Meghan Sheath on February 10, 2017 at 6:14pm 1 Comment

Frustrated

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GONE.

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md going away...

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My Story: MDD

This probably will be written unorganized and with tons of grammar errors but if I put off writing this it will never get done. I'm more than likely going to be less descriptive than I could be for the sake of getting the point across without being lost in the writing of minor details.I'd say to a certain degree I've had MDD my entire life. As long as I can remember I have had a very mystical and fantasy inclined personality with an infatuation with lust and romance. I've always been aware and…See More
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darmody posted a blog post

"Playing with Strings"

That's what we call it in my family. I've done it ever since I can remember. (I theorize that my string playing started with the corners of the "blankie" I had as a kid, but who knows?) I lie down, usually on my bed, with a plain, white t-shirt on my chest to provide a neutral background. I take a length of string, usually shoestring, and twirl it with my hands. Frankly, I don't really know what actions I perform with the string in my hands, because by the time I'm doing it my mind is…See More
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I don’t know what call this.

Greetings folks!I tried so hard. So hard to take an internet sabbatical, apparently not hard enough. I tried and I failed. Just like the last time. I try not to come here, I try and I fail. I see myself hurting my chances to a better future and yet I don't act. My existential crises in the bus rides home are so fucking short-lived, as soon as I come home, I waste time, even more time. I daydream while sitting at my desk, "10 minutes only, maybe, maybe I'll get the motivation from my daydream! I…See More
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THE LIFE OF A DAYDREAMER

i know of a girl,a little girl,she was so amazing she could create vivid pictures of people places and event on her head effortlessly she had no friends because she didn't need them,  she could summon a world of friends if she so desires she had everything she wanted  the best clothes, the best shoes, the best family, and above all everyone loved her.she  could create worlds and existence and make fantasies  so real. she continued exploring her powers and would spend long hours creating and…See More
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MD Writers-Share Your Stories Here!

Who else writes about their MD plot in a book/novel form? If so, join us! Share your stories here! Post important scenes/events in your daydreams here, and introduce other MDers to your characters and stories! See More
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Negative Daydreamers?

Do you ever have negative daydreams? Ones about death, violence, traumatization, or victimization? If so, stop by and tell your story.
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Meghan Sheath replied to Amity is dreaming's discussion School and daydreaming in the group Teenage Dreamers❤
"Hi! I know its a little late to be posting but better sooner then later,right? In school, I can do his weird trick where i daydream my character is learning and hearing everything that I am learning. I never had to hide my MD because I never had a…"
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Teenage Dreamers❤

Here is a group for teenagers who are daydreamers and pretty new to this whole thing. Maybe your not new but just having trouble with school and DD? You are all welcome. :)See More
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.

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My Story: MDD

Started by Sing With The Dead 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

This probably will be written unorganized and with tons of grammar errors but if I put off writing this it will never get done. I'm more than likely going to be less descriptive than I could be for the sake of getting the point across without being…Continue

Does this count as MDD?

Started by riavjvrj. Last reply by Meghan Sheath yesterday. 1 Reply

So I read some of the posts before making an account but I didn't see any that described my problem exactlyIn my daydreams, sure, everyone likes me or whatever, I'm an ideal person, so it's maladaptive in a wayExcept, in them, my life isn't perfect-…Continue

Naming Characters

Started by Meghan Sheath. Last reply by Meghan Sheath yesterday. 2 Replies

Hey!I am just wondering if someone else does this. I make an awesome character backstory, personality, plot. But I have a problem when making my characters : the names. When I was younger the characters didn't need names. Every time someone said…Continue

I am changing - I think

Started by Maria Jansson on Thursday. 0 Replies

Hi, first - I am very greatful to have found this page and to be able to share your stories. I myself faced reality last year - in my therapy (psychodynamic) - when realising how I step aside from reality at times, into bubbles of a more pleasant…Continue

Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by darmody on Wednesday. 531 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue

MD Affecting romantic relationships

Started by Becca. Last reply by Maxx// on Wednesday. 1 Reply

So I've always suffered from very negative daydreams where I'm usually abused, raped, mistreated, etc. I do not know why they are so negative and I hate it but cannot seem to change it. While my highschool ex was not a good match for me and tried to…Continue

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Check in!

Started by Shadow Cat Sam. Last reply by darmody on Wednesday. 40 Replies

The forums (and chat) have slowed down. If you are checking into the forums and read this please respond with a quick "Hi, I'm still around!".As long as you are here take the time to reply to some other thread as well. It is easy enough. I'm sure…Continue

Research. The effect of mindfulness-based app intervention on maladaptive daydreamers immersed in social media environment.

Started by Victoria_No on Wednesday. 0 Replies

Hello! I'm a psychology student at the final year of my studies. I hope to find out how Mindfulness-based app may help maladaptive daydreamers who use social media excessively to reduce their time spent on SM and MD and improve their self-esteem.…Continue

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For the first time ever I don't feel so alone.

Started by Johanna. Last reply by April on Wednesday. 1 Reply

I have always felt I have wasted years of myLife skipping around in my room daydreaming of being a better version of myself. I've always been so ashamed of it. I'm actually shocked there are people out there doing the exact same thing.How do you…Continue

Character ages and real ages

Started by Rose. Last reply by OhMyMagenta on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hi everyone. I think this was covered once before but I can't seem to find the original post. Something that bothers me and is always lurking in the back of my mind is my character's ages vs their real ages.My conundrum is: when the 'me' character…Continue

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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